Trevor Peacock who played Jim in The Vicar Of Dibley dies aged 89

Tuesday 9th March 2021, 10:51am

  • Actor and writer Trevor Peacock has died at the age of 89
  • The comic performer was best known for his role as Jim Trott in The Vicar Of Dibley
  • A huge range of credits also include a #1 hit pop song in the US, Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter
The Vicar Of Dibley. Jim Trott (Trevor Peacock). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions

Trevor Peacock, who played Jim Trott in The Vicar Of Dibley, has died.

A statement released by his family said: "Trevor Peacock, actor, writer and song-writer, died aged 89 on the morning of March 8th from a dementia-related illness."

Born in 1931, he would have turned 90 in May.

An actor and writer, Peacock is best known for his role as confused and confusing villager Jim Trott in the ecclesiastical sitcom, entertaining millions with his regular murmurings of "no, no, no, no... yes".

The sitcom debuted on the BBC in 1994, and he last played Jim in a 2015 Comic Relief special. His Alzheimer's diagnosis was announced in 2017, at which point Peacock's family revealed he could no longer remember the hit comedy series.

Peacock's other comedy-related roles included playing Warwick Hedges in Radio 4's On Mardle Fen, Dennis Tonsley in Born And Bred, and Clement & La Frenais's Thick As Thieves.

As a writer, his credits include 1958 BBC One sitcom The Sky Larks. Co-written with Gavin Blakeney, it followed a helicopter crew stationed aboard a Royal Navy aircraft carrier.

Alongside Jeremy Lloyd, he created 1961 feature film What A Whopper. Starring Adam Faith and Sid James with guest roles for the likes of Spike Milligan, Charles Hawtrey, Clive Dunn and Terry Scott, the feature followed a group of young friends who orchestrate a new sighting of the Loch Ness Monster.

Peacock also appeared in a number of guest roles across his long career, including appearances in Jonathan Creek, Father, Dear Father, My Family, Chef! and The Thin Blue Line.

Shane Allen from the BBC says: "Trevor will be remembered fondly in the comedy firmament for his iconic role as Jim Trott. Our thoughts are with family and friends at this sad time."

Lesser-known amongst Peacock's wide body of work are a number of 1960s pop songs, most notably Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter. Originally produced for a 1963 TV play, a later version recorded by Herman's Hermits reached number one in both the US and Canada in Spring 1965.

Born in Edmonton, London, Trevor Peacock latterly lived in Somerset. He is survived by his wife, actor Tilly Tremayne, daughters Sally and Maudie, and sons Daniel and Harry.

Daniel Peacock is also an actor and writer, with credits ranging from Only Fools And Horses to Marley's Ghosts, The Comic Strip Presents and Teenage Health Freak. Harry Peacock also entered the acting profession, and, married to Katherine Parkinson, is perhaps best known for his lead roles in Star Stories and Toast Of London.

Here are some highlights of Jim Trott in action on The Vicar Of Dibley:


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